Let's get started. I'm here in Augusta and I'm excited about the start of the Masters on Thursday.
Will Tiger's entire round be on the featured group feed on Friday? Or just after the Westwood, Furyk, Weir group is finished?
I'm not sure about this but it's likely you will be able to see most of Tiger's shots if not all of them, in some fashion.
Gary McCord has been barred from the Masters since he made comments in 1994. Does this have a chilling effect on journalists at the event?
Gary has been banned for so long it's hard for anybody to remember his comments about the greens at Augusta. And he has made a big deal out of it because he likes his job at CBS, which has been the only network TV partner the Masters has ever had.
Are you taking Tiger, or the field, for the Masters this weekend? And does Eldrick take at least two majors this year if he wins at August?
I picked Phil to win but it's hard to bet against Tiger. And yes I do believe that Tiger can win two majors.
Will you be doing a live chat or blog Thur and Fri for us poor stiffs stuck at work?
Michael Collins will be doing the live chat on Thursday and Friday.
which threesome will go lowest in the aggregate tomorrow? Pato, Sergio, Scott? The all-american final group?
Rory McIroyKeegan BradleyFreddie Jacobson
Are you staying in the house as Michael Collins and the creepy stuffed bears?
Yes I am. It's weird. I'm sleeping in the basement.
I know journalists don't like to make comments about other journalists but Brandel Chamblee on the Golf Channel seems to have lost his mind by saying Tiger wouldn't play the Masters if it was just a regular tour event with his previous results these past years since winning. How crazy is that?
Brandel has to fill a lot of airtime. I'm not sure I would trust everything I had to say if I had to talk that much. But generally I disagree with his comments, if this is what he said. Tiger has four wins at Augusta. Of course he would play here year after year, even with a few bad tournaments.
Chamblee is 100% right! Tiger only plays in tournaments he wins all of the time.
Danny,Why would he play in events that he didn't feel comfortable competing?
Assume for a moment that Tiger wins this week. What does that mean for the remainder of 2013? And beyond? Will the youngins begin to feel his aura / intimidation much as the prior generation once did?
Tiger will generate excitement but the days of his so-called intimidation factor are over. More and more, players are concentrating less on what he's doing and more on their own games. it's hard to play well if you're standing around in awe of Tiger.
do you think McDowell has a shot?
G-Mac always has a shot. He's hasn't had a great record at the Masters, but a 12th last year showed that he wasn't afraid to do well here.
How's the weather shaping up for the weekend down in Augusta? Will this be a factor or will it be bright and sunny like we've come to know and love?
There could be some rain but it's shaping up to play hard and fast the way the green jackets want it.
Lee Westwood is going to be a sleeper and be playing in the final grouping come Sunday, he has been struggling a bit with his irons and he is usually right on with them. Not much talk so there is no pressure and I picked him to be in the final pairing come Sunday for the Win.
How can you not go with Lee? But shouldn't you be more concerned about his short game, the great burden of his life? Sure, he's shown some improvement this year, but I'm not convinced he can bring it to the Masters.
I hope the pace of play isn't as slow as your responses...we might be in for a long weekend...
Play will be slow, as usual. But remember they play in twosomes on the weekend and the field is only 92 players.
I ready in Reillys article there is a red flag to note the location of where Phil hit from the tree is 2010. Is that true? Anything to recognize Bubbas shot last year?
No way. Augusta would never put a plaque down for Bubba's shot.
Do you think there has ever been the type of pressure on one player heading into a major like there is on Tiger heading into this Masters?
Every year there is a great deal of pressure on Tiger to win at the majors. I think there was big pressure on him after he came back from his hiatus after the extramarital affairs.
Farrell, what do you think the winning score will be for the Masters? Will it be over or under last year's winning total of -10 (278)?
I had a vision last night that the final score would be 12 under.
MicHael Collins said tiger doesn't need to hit a draw off the except on holes # 9 and 10. Do you agree that tiger can hit a high fade or something straight on the rest of the holes?
This is hard to say. There are so many bumps and crevices in the fairways that Tiger wants to carve his shots to go with certain slopes. Sure he could make his way around the course with a fade, but to maximize his chances of having flatter lies that give him maximum chance of getting to pins, he needs to play the shot shape called for by the hole, which is right to left shot on several holes.
Who's the most popular golfer at Augusta?
Let me give you the top three.1. Tiger2. Phil3. Couples
Haven't heard Vijay Singh's name mentioned yet all week...any chance we see him playing later in the weekend or has he lost it?
Vijay still works as hard as anyone in the game, but he's older now. I would be very surprised to see him contend.
Will any old timers make the cut? If so, how many?
Old-timers? Bernhard Langer and Tom Watson can make the cut pretty easily.
Did Phil take a NS because he was scared of the jinx, or was there another reason for him doing that?
Any chance they play in the dark if there is a tie?
3 wood instead of a driver - will this turn out better than Torrey Pines did for Phil?
Bob,remember it's a 3-wood head with a driver shaft and loft.
What's favorite hole at Augusta?
I can't pick one hole. I like 15, 16 and 17 because you can stand there on top of the hill at 15 and see players on the par 3 16th and driving back up the hill at 17. And the fans creating a nice backdrop. it's a beautiful setting.
I know Phil played the Par 3, but he didn't allow his round to be scored, even though he shot a -4. Why didn't he submit his score?
I don't know yet. Stay tuned.
A lot of experts picked Phil despite the fact he has not putted well in 2013! Why do they assume Augusta is more likely for Phil to win than Tiger who is putting way better?
As I said in my expert picks, it's a toss up between Tiger and Phil. Both are great at Augusta. I just love the way Phil gets up for the event. He finds an extra gear here that you don't see with many players.
Who'll be the unheralded guy to contend on Sunday that CBS all but ignores in their coverage?
Fredrick Jacobson. The 38-year-old Swede has only played in three Masters. But he's a tough competitor--quirky but surefooted.
Could Tiger win the Masters with his longest club in the bag being a 3 wood?
Sal,Absolutely. He hits his 3-wood plenty far.
MC just tweeted a pic of his egg salad sandwich (not sure if it's number 1, 4 or 11 for him...). You goin pimento cheese?
All these years at Augusta and I have never had a Pimento cheese sandwich. I grew up in the South so it's not a novelty item for me.
Which is harder to win? Master or US Open?
The U.S. Open is way harder. And the Masters is way more fun. And remember, Augusta has the smallest field of the four majors with a 15 to 20 players who have no chance of winning--amateurs and past champions.
Is the Masters the most important -- or the player's favorite -- major? How do you think the players rank the majors in terms of meaningfulness?
The players would agree that the Masters is the most prestigious of the four majors. But they would also probably tell you that the U.S. Open is probably a better test of skill.
Haven't seen a photo of David Lynn planking at Augusta. When will that show up?
David Lynn is just happy to be playing in the Masters for the first time at the ripe old age of 39.
whats up with colesarts does he have a change he has looked good at the masters before?
I said earlier this week that Colsaerts has a lethal combination for Augusta--distance and a good touch around the greens.
Who races out to a lead and then blows up this year?
Jon,I won't predict race horses, but don't be surprised to see a guy like John Peterson, a young web.com player who got in with a fourth from the U.S. Open, to have a good round on Thursday.
Now that they have female members, do you think that Augusta should have a Women's Masters?
Carl,No. The LPGA is lobbying Augusta National to hold an event here. But that would take something from the aura of this one week to open it up for another tournament. So I don't see it happening.
I would think Tiger has got to be the most pumped with 3 wins already and having won 4 Green Jackets. Everyone says in order to win you must make the putts inside 10 feet which Phil misses a lot. Tiger is chasing Nicklaus and given his success already I do not think he will let anyone deny him, do you?
Carla,Tiger has to shoot the lowest score and in golf you can't play defense. So it's out of his control how the rest of the field plays. The key will be to see how the players respond when they see his name on the leader board. Somebody has to go after him.
Phil has stated that he can miss some fairways and make up shots at Augusta because of his good short game. What chance does Tiger have if he misses as many fairways as he did a couple of weeks back.
My brother from the Fox,Tiger has had the best overall short game in the world for years. He will be just fine this week around the greens.
Farrell, how many green jackets does Tiger have when he decides to hang them up? Over/under 5.5.
Tiger has another seven good Masters in him, maybe. I think he equals Jack's record of 6 green jackets by the time he's done.
(hey farrell seriously please stop posting the shoshana from boston q's - they aren't from me, and it is my real name)
Shoshana,The questions aren't bad, regardless of who sends them.
If Tiger birdies all Par 5s and shoots 4 rounds of -4 do you think anyone could pass him?
MIke,That's a perfect scenario for Tiger. Like I said, somebody is going to have to beat him.
Tiger and Jack both in their prime and tied coming down the stretch. Who wins the green jacket?
Steve,Playing with the same equipment, Tiger beats jack every time.
I know they don't stand much of a chance at winning, but which amateur do you think will go the lowest this week?
Nathan Smith, the 34-year-old Mid-Am champ from Pittsburgh, has played in the Masters three times, missing the cut each time. But he's the most experienced of the bunch so I give him the edge.
Are some folks hanging just a little toooooo much on this Masters for Tiger (some have said "this is the most important major in Tiger's career")? Really? In what is largely regarded as the greatest season in modern golf (2000), tiger didn't win the Masters then either. Sure, he hadn't been "skunked" in majors for several years, but he still can go on a tear in future majors, even if he doesn't win this week.
How about this one - how tough is it for the press to stay impartial? Tiger is an example with with Rick Reilly eviscerating him daily - but the attacks are personal, meaning that Rick doesnt think Tiger is being the person he said he would become 'post incident'. What I'm really asking is, I know you all have your favorite players to watch - just like the rest of us. How do you temper you comments to not 'over cover', or 'root' for your player(s)?
Tiger is the story like Lebron and Koby are often the story in the NBA. Like the Yankees are often the story in MLB even when they aren't winning. I'm impartial in terms of who I root for, but I definitely want to see Tiger on the leader board on Sunday.
I wish I could be there with you to enjoy it, but I'll be watching from home. Keep up the good work.
How does Jason Day look? Any chance he could find the 2011 groove again?
Jason Day remembers that second he got here from a few years ago. So he's excited.
Bucket hat or baseball when on the course?
Baseball hat. And pants. Never shorts unless it tops 90 degrees. Long sleeves in the media center. They keep it freezing.
Really enjoy your comments. What's your plan for tomorrow? Follow a group? Work in the press center? A little of everything?
I will walk 9 holes with Tiger or Rory. Then feel my way around the news and write what I see and hear that I hope you will read.
How many players actually play 1 ball and keep score during practice rounds?
None I hope. What's the point of calling it a practice round?
How impressive was Jack's T-6 finish in '98 as a 58 year-old?
I remember sitting in a bar in Oxford MS, saying no way he can win. It was awesome.
Farrell, will the stretch of majors from the 2014 US Open thru the 2015 British determine whether Tiger breaks the record? Aside from Augusta, Pinehurst/Liverpool/Valhalla/St. Andrews set up so well for Tiger in that stretch
Jeff,Thanks for this thought. I agree that this is an important stretch. Let's see what happens.
Who shags balls for the players during practice rounds? Do caddies run after all those shots?
Chris,INcidentally, back in the day the caddies used to shag balls on the range and a lot of them got hit doing it. On the course, yes they do pick up those balls on the course.
Thanks for the chat, they're wonderful. Very jealous of your upcoming week. Before you go -- rank Phil, Rory, Tiger in terms of their finishes relative to each other this week.
better scoring conditions Thursday and Friday? Morning or afternoon?
You think Kenny Perry and Chris Di'Marco are watching this week? Or still too raw?
It's still raw but they both love the Masters so I think they are watching.
Guys and gals, I have to go now. Stay tuned with us through Sunday night and beyond for reaction and news on the 2013 Masters. Take care and enjoy the golf.
Does Rory finish in the top 10 week? I'm sure the #2 finish last week was a good "mental" boost for him.
Yes, Rory wins. I had to say that before I go. Bye Bye.
Any chance you paid a visit to Daly's RV outside of the local Hooters?
No. But a lot of people have.
So Long, again.